Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Sensual Orgy of mind and ear

I went to the Friends of the Library semi-annual book sale today, hoping to pick up some good hard cover editions of Gabaldon's Outlander series, but came home instead with a book on bird song. Call it inspiration for Nano.

Listening to Maire Brennan sing Ilathair De (In God's Presence) while reading Why Birds Sing by David Rothenberg created a nearly mystical apex of delight in my brain today. (A mini-rant: disregard the low Amazon star rating for his book. Never trust a rating that is composed of many five and four star ratings and a few one-star spoilers with nothing in between - clearly the amalgam is not representative of most opinions.)

Visit his website to hear recordings of birds, and of duets between birds and people.

Who I'm going to Be for Halloween?

For Halloween tonight, I'm going to put on a long black wig, some turqoise jewelery and gold rings, and go as Diana Gabaldon.

For the next thirty days after that, I'd like to write like Diana Gabaldon, too. And if I were living in Canberra on November 18th, I'd most certainly want to be at her book signing.

I read all of her Lord John books this month, but her magnum opus, the Outlander series, will have to wait until December, until after Nano. Because I have no self-control, and if I start to read one of her books during November, I will be reading, not writing, the rest of the month.

Friday, October 30, 2009

No news but old news

Still losing weight on the world's slowest diet. Still working on health/fitness. Still fighting the S.A.D. effect -- cloudy days become the norm in mid-October here. Still trying to find a creative braincell as NanoWrimo looms - the day after tomorrow!

Wishing all my friends - virtual and otherwise, the very best of experiences with writing, Nano and otherwise.

And congrats to Jaye Patrick, who doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk, and has posted another free story story on Scribd. As one who has enjoyed her stories for several years I recommend taking a look.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Bo, and Congrats Mr. President

Here is a link to President Obama's brief speech on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malia walked into her parent's room and announced, "Daddy you won the Nobel Peace Prize and it's Bo's birthday!" (Bo is their dog.) Obama went on to observe it is good to have children to help you keep the world in perspective.

Here is a link to pictures of Bo, a black and white Portuguese water dog that was a gift from Teddy Kennedy, whose dog had puppies. I suspect that Bo is an example of the president's sense of humor, as Obama is also black and white.

Here is an excerpt from his speech:
"I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action -- a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

These challenges can't be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that's why my administration has worked to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek. We cannot tolerate a world in which nuclear weapons spread to more nations and in which the terror of a nuclear holocaust endangers more people. "

Obama has done more for nuclear disarmament than I was aware. It was his top priority in the Senate where two anti-proliferation bills that passed bear his name. In July he signed a landmark nuclear reduction pact treaty that he negotiated with Russia. I for one cannot object to a man who is working to prevent the earth being turned into nuclear toast.

I like Obama, I voted for him, and I think he is doing a good job - not perfect, but good. He is an idealist; he is not wealthy as many of our past presidents have been, and he is donating the one and half million dollar prize that goes with the Nobel award to various charities. That is really putting your money where your mouth is - I would surely be tempted to keep it!

There are many powerful forces arrayed against Barak Obama, from those whose racism and bigotry cannot see the man for the color of his skin, to those more sinister cabals who are viscerally opposed to his political agenda of a more democratic country and a more peaceful world. Power and profit are ancient motivations, and those who stand to lose either oppose Obama with all their cunning strength, using media ju-jitsu in their attempts to block him. If he is popular with ordinary people, they accuse him of behaving like a pop star, if he fails in some of his attempts to bring peace, they mock him as weak and powerless. But Obama is their worst nightmare, a man who can unite people across many divides of class, color and religion in the cause of a better world for our children.

The constant drizzle of mud from the media has had its effect, and some who should know better are skewing to adopt their message. I only ask - keep your eye on the ball and not on the announcer calling the plays! The man is what he does, and not what the carefully edited announcers say he does.